Watershed Conditions: Flood Outlook Statement

March 25, 2021

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is issuing a Flood Outlook Statement for the RRCA jurisdiction.  

Water levels in the local rivers and streams are currently high from the spring thaw. The current short-term forecast is indicating daytime high temperatures in the double digits, with approximately 40 mm of rain over the next 5-days. There is also the chance of thunderstorms on Friday, which could see high localized precipitation. 

The ongoing melt, coupled with rainfall, will increase water levels and flows over the weekend and into next week. This may result in flooding in low-lying areas.

Residents should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

•    Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve.
•    Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump.
•    Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is as least 3 metres from the dwelling.
•    Securing items that might float away as flows increase.
•    Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding.
•    Keeping emergency phone numbers handy.

This statement is in effect until Wednesday, March 31, 2021.   The RRCA will continue to monitor water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program and will provide updates as conditions change.

For more information : Lisa Van De Ligt, Communications Specialist, (613) 938-3611 ext. 223, lisa.vandeligt@rrca.on.ca 

Forwarded to : RRCA Flood Forecasting and Warning Directory